Deck the Halls Seneca Lake Wine Tour
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
The weekend of November 16th, 17th and 18th Daddy D and I had the opportunity to go on the 21st Annual Deck the Halls Weekend on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Seneca Lake is one of the famed New York State Finger Lakes. We were invited to come to the event by the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.
The Deck the Halls Weekend on the Ventosa Vineyards actually takes place two weekends at the end of November and beginning of December each year. This year 30 wineries participated in the tour. You are assigned a starting winery, and when you arrive and check in you are given a grapevine wreath and a recipe book.
The grapevine wreath is a place to hang the ornaments you receive from the different wineries in the tour. At each place you can have a wine and food pairing. There are also options for non-drinkers/designated drivers. The recipe book then has the recipes for each of the food items you received, so that you can recreate it at home!
Our starting winery was Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, located right near where we were staying in Geneva at the top part of the lake.
Throughout the weekend Daddy D and I managed to visit all thirty places. Some were quite large and grandiose like Ventosa.
Others were small, like Catherine Valley, with a stunning view and a path beckoning you in to this pub like winery.
The décor stretched the gamut from wineries that were more warehouse like to refined destinations specializing in weddings. Some were rustic like Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars.
This one reminded me more of an art gallery at Catherine Valley.
This was our wreath at the end of Saturday.
The views from the vineyards were stunning. It makes me want to visit again in the summer to see the green fields as well as earlier in the fall to see the foliage. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has several different events throughout the year, including Cruisin the Tropics, Spring Wine and Cheese as well as the Smokin’ Summer Kickoff. Be sure to check the events page of their website for more information!
Day two was just as enjoyable as the first. We did primarily the west side of the lake on Saturday, then the east side on Sunday.
This is our finished wreath after the weekend. I have hung it in our home to help remind us of the wonderful time we had. I highly recommend the Deck the Halls tour for next year. It is wonderful to spend time driving across the western New York countryside between vineyards and talk, sans kids. The views, experiences and ambience are stunning.
It made for a memorable and relaxing weekend! Be sure to check back this week to see more of our trip, including holiday décor ideas, fun groups we saw on the wine trail and some of our favorite places!
Disclosure: We were the guests of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. We received hotel accommodations, some food and tickets to participate in the wine trail without charge for the purposes of this review. All opinions and experiences expressed are my own.